2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.4L from North America


Trusty, fun, comfortable, gorgeous car!


Very few things ever.

Once had a starting problem circa 50k that turned out NOT to be the battery, but that was minor. Think it was just the alternator or starter.

Had a strange gas smell aura (especially in winter) starting 2011 - was neglected for a while, then studied what could be wrong (trying to save money). Found out it was the fuel pressure regulator leaking. A bit too difficult for me to remove, so had an old (and I do mean, OLD) acquaintance local shade tree mechanic replace it (all told, $100 vs. $300 regular mechanic estimated) in 2013. No smell since, even in winter.

Lastly, had O2 sensors go bad 100k (occasional slight hesitations), had my regular mechanic replace them after delaying for 6 months. Not a bad price.

Nothing really worthy of mention for 100k+ mileage. Wonderful, trusty car.

General Comments:

This car turned my head so many times the first couple years, I knew I had to have it. When the Cavalier got too risky, I got the bug and bought the only car in ages that turned me on!

So - obviously, gorgeous car, head-turning, and yes, comments when it was new. Only wish they manned-up the front intake area; quite wimpy and ordinary there. Everything else was eye-catching. Love the continental tire bump, which is why I would NOT buy the "SS" because it had to have a spoiler SPOILING it! I'm all about looks.

Nice ride, nice interior room for smaller car (I grew up with Town Cars, forgive me, AND I am a tall woman). Seats feel good, although the bucket seats could be a bit bigger for my husband who drives it mostly since we had a child. The back seat is pretty good compared to most modern cars, and we used it as our German Shepherd's car (she was as old as the car, all purchased around same month, just died this month), which was fine even when she shared it with our son.

Good handling and quickness, feels good to drive. Not bad on mountains (again, the TCs - I'm big on torque and true power). I LOVED revving this thing and charging off the line when it was new!

Sad to say it is now 12 years old and probably cannot last much longer. It is the younger of our cars (less mileage), so will probably last longer in our garage, but we have to consider it may suddenly go bad. So we are shopping around for both "cars" and "SUVs" to replace whichever goes kaput first (again, budget - I need a job after raising our son). Will have to probably trade it within a few years, but will hate to!

Great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2014

2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 3.8 from North America


It is a sporty and fast car


When I purchased it, it missed and didn't want to go when I accelerated, so took it back to the dealer and they determined that the catalytic converter was plugged, which they replaced under warranty, since then it has performed flawlessly.

Occasionally a low tire light comes on, but after checking the tires, they are OK, good excuse to check the pressure.

The instrument panel sometimes would lose power, but after a few miles would return to normal.

No other problems I can think of.

General Comments:

I bought the car for my wife, she drove it until she passed away in 2007. She always left me in the dust and was out of sight quickly, even though I had another vehicle with the same basic engine, a 3.8 V6.

I think it is extremely fast, and it has very quick steering, sort of like a race car. A slight movement of the steering wheel moves the car decisively. It is fun to drive, and comfortable, lots of leg room.

I made a trip from Oregon to North Dakota November 2nd, and returned November 4th to Oregon this past year just to vote, as I am a resident of ND, and the fuel mileage was unbelievable, I averaged over 31mpg for 1500 miles going, mountains and all, which for a performance vehicle is unreal.

It is white in color, not hard to keep clean, and has all the options including moonroof and heated leather seats. With the spoiler and alloy wheels it is a sharp car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2009